11 family fun December adventures

Baystateparent Magazine

Hall of Heroes

Springfield Museums, Springfield 

Tuesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 3 

Included with admission; adults $25, children $13, kids under 3 free 

Hall of Heroes at Springfield Museums.

Go into the world of your favorite superheroes, crime-stoppers, gadgets and more. Discover your superpowers in interactive displays, check out replicas and rare artifacts from major motion pictures and TV shows, play with props and costumes, and discover fascinating history and memorabilia. You’ll also learn the scientific circumstances that create superheroes, discover the ideals that heroes uphold, and push boundaries as to what it truly means to be heroic. Advance tickets required. springfieldmuseums.org

Winter StoryWalk on the Trails

Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough 

Daily, through December 


Winter StoryWalk

Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along one of the farm’s trails. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. Check the trail maps online before heading out. thetrustees.org

Reindeer Quest 

Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough & Francis William Bird Park, Walpole

Daily, through December 


Reindeer Quest

Get the family outside to discover an elusive herd of wooden reindeer throughout the trails at these Trustees sites. This is a free, self-guided program. At the Bird Park, grab a bell from the office to put around the reindeers’ necks. Directions can be found at the trailhead parking lot kiosks. thetrustees.org 

All Aboard! Trains at Science Park 

Museum of Science, Boston 

Daily, through Jan. 10

Included with admission; adults $29, children $24, kids under 3 and members free

All Aboard! Trains at Science Park at the Museum of Science, Boston

This annual tradition returns for the third year, featuring classic winter landscapes, miniature trains, snow-covered peaks, engaging activities, and more. See a custom-made, HO Scale, 11-foot-long model of the museum created by studio model maker and digital artist of  Star Trek, and Star Wars fame. A model of the Zakim Bridge and the Custom House have been added to the collection this year. Experience multiple model train layouts, a Mountain Village, a Village Trolley display, and a Boston Train Layout featuring local landmarks. The displays will showcase a variety of model trains and are sure to spark the curiosity of the whole family. mos.org

Winter Wonderland Fairy House Hike 

Rocky Woods, Medfield 

Friday, Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m. 

Nonmembers $45, members $36 

Fairy House making

Enjoy a guided night hike and a Fairy House Workshop while enjoying local craft beer around the campfire. Hike around Chickering Pond then meet back at the campfire for mom and dad to enjoy a beer, and the whole family to create fairy houses. Ticket price includes fairy house supplies, guided hike, and s’mores. If you have something special to add to your house, feel free to bring it with you. Pre-registration required. thetrustees.org

Fire Pit Picnics 

Appleton Farms, Hamilton & Ipswich 

Weekends through December, 4-6 p.m. 

Nonmember family $75, members $60

Firepit picnics

Cozy up on the farm on a winter evening. Each ticket, good for up to 6 people, allows for two hours at a fire pit, complete with benches, wood for burning and a kit for making s’mores. Snacks available for purchase from the farm store, or bring your own picnic. Space is limited, pre-registration recommended. thetrustees.org

First Free Sunday

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 


Free admission to the Worcester Art Museum

Enjoy free admission for the whole family to the Worcester Art Museum. Explore, experience, and learn about art in new and fun ways. Talk, play, and draw together. Get some tips on ways to look at art. worcesterart.org

Brew Moon Hike 

Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough 

Saturday, Dec. 12, 4-6 p.m. 

Nonmember adults $25, children $20, members $15/$12, kids under 4 free 

Brew Moon Hike

Join a Trustee ranger and naturalist for a family-friendly evening hike in the farm’s wooded trails accompanied by a beer tasting with a local craft brewery. Bring your favorite picnic blanket and chairs to relax, chat, and enjoy the beautiful farm views. Enjoy flights of beer for sampling, a bonfire, fresh-popped popcorn, lemonade, and s’mores. Pre-registration is required. thetrustees.org

Solstice Evening at deCordova 

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln 

Friday, Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m. 

Nonmember carload $32, members $26

Winter Solstice at deCordova

As year end approaches, bring beauty and light to the darkest days of winter. Watch the last rays of sunset disappear in the night sky, explore the Sculpture Park and enjoy stargazing from the Museum Terrace. Self-guided activities will be provided, so bundle up and BYO hot cocoa. thetrustees.org

The Great Boston Adventure: Winter Wonderland

City center, Boston 

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20 

Adults $20, youth 12-18 $15, kids 6+ $10, kids under 5 free/family pass $60 

Boston in Massachusetts at Christmas.

This all-ages, self-led Winter Wonderland-themed trek around Boston is offered by tour guides The Great Boston Adventure. The holiday edition tour takes families around the city to check out its best winter bedecking and most beautifully decorated places. This is a team game, so invite friends or family members. Teams will get an envelope with sets of places where the best holiday decorations are in the city’s center. Enjoy walking around, taking photos, and figuring out clues to lead you to the secret finish of the game. greatbostonadventure.com

Winter Solstice Lantern Hike 

Rocky Woods, Medfield 

Monday, Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m. 

Nonmember $30, member $24 

Winter Solstice Lantern Hike

Celebrate the winter solstice and light up the darkest night of the year with a homemade tin can lantern. Warm up by the fire with hot cocoa and s’mores. Before the hike gather around the woodstove and make your tin can lantern. Lantern supplies, guided hike, s’mores and hot cocoa included in ticket price. This event runs rain or (lunar) shine. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. thetrustees.org